New Forest of Dean foodbank opens to help with demand

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A charity that provides emergency foodbanks in the Forest of Dean says demand has been so great it has opened its third centre in nine months.

The Forest Food Bank opened a centre in Coleford in February, one in Cinderford in June, and it has just opened one in Lydney.

Manager Paul Woodward estimates that the charity has fed more than 1,000 people since the scheme began.

He said: "There's definitely a big need out there for people to get food."

Mr Woodward said when the charity opened the first centre in February he expected that to be the only one.

"We never imagined that we would be opening three centres this soon. We keep saying to ourselves it's 2013 and we are one the richest countries in the world, yet we are having to give out food to people.

"It is depressing, but we have to help them."

Mr Woodward said the type of people he helped came from all types of backgrounds and were not just those in temporary accommodation, or on low incomes.

The charity, which is being helped by the Trussell Trust, is considering opening a fourth centre in Drybrook if demand continues to increase.

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